Thousands Rally For 2A in Oregon; Have Antis Reached Their Limit?


Thousands of Second Amendment activists gathered at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem Saturday. (Screen snip, YouTube, MaharlikaAWA)

Oregon – -( Thousands of Second Amendment activists gathered over the weekend at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, according to KGW, essentially telling Beaver State anti-gunners that enough is enough.

Whether their effort will be adequate to derail anti-gun legislation remains to be seen, but this was a significant turnout in a state where typical turnout for such events is in the hundreds, not thousands.

Oregon lawmakers have been considering some alarming legislation, including Senate Bill 501, which would limit gun owners to purchasing 20 rounds of ammunition per month and getting a permit just to purchase or receive a firearm. It would also, according to KGW, limit magazine capacities to five rounds. This is just one example of legislation that has turned the entire Pacific Northwest into a hotbed of gun control activism this year.

In neighboring Washington, several unpopular bills recently died without action including one that would have created strict training requirements for receiving and renewing concealed pistol licenses in what many critics believe was an attempt to discourage people from exercising their right to keep and bear arms. But with more than 612,000 active CPLs in the Evergreen State, that bill became quickly unpopular with everyone but gun control fanatics.

And then there’s the bump stock “buyback” now underway in Washington. The devices become illegal this week and gun owners turning them in get a voucher for $150, so long as the money lasts. The state just budgeted $150,000 for the program, so the first thousand people to surrender their property will get money.

According to the Salem Statesman-Journal, the gun rights rally was organized by Noveske Rifleworks and Radian Weapons, which are both based in the state. Depending upon who estimated the crowd size, there were upwards of 2,000 people in attendance, and many if not most were armed. It was called the “Defend the Second” rally, according to KGW, and it was clear from the outset that those attending meant business.

Saturday may seem an odd day for such a rally, but considering that gun owners have jobs, a weekend event demonstrated that gun owners are alarmed at what the Democrat-controlled Legislature is up to.

The same philosophy is very much alive north of the Columbia River. The group “March for Our Rights 2.0” is planning a big rally on the Capitol steps in Olympia on Saturday, April 27. Last year an event there drew some 2,500 people, and that was months before Initiative 1639, the gun control measure many believe is extremist, unenforceable and unconstitutional, was passed. That initiative is now the subject of a federal lawsuit by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association. Sheriffs in 20 counties have announced they will not enforce provisions of the measure and a half-dozen county commissions are also on record in opposition.

There seems little doubt that the Northwest is “Ground Zero” for gun control activity.

Many Oregonians are frustrated that the liberal lower Willamette Valley, which includes Salem and Portland, dominate the state’s politics. Get east of the mountains, to places such as Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Pendleton, Burns and Baker City, and one finds more conservative voices.

The Northwest anti-gun effort is concentrated in Seattle and Portland, and along the I-5 corridor in both states. The farther away one travels from that coastal interstate; the redder becomes the political hue.

Further energizing gun owners in both states is the fallout from what happened in Christchurch, New Zealand. With leading Democrats clearly “out of the closet” as gun prohibitionists—none of the party’s presidential hopefuls denounced the quick move to ban so-called “semiautomatic military-style assault rifles” by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Sen. Bernie Sanders even thinks it should happen here—the lines have been clearly drawn, say many in the Second Amendment movement.

About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

  • 39 thoughts on “Thousands Rally For 2A in Oregon; Have Antis Reached Their Limit?

    1. Doesn’t anyone actually understand our government? The people who SERVE WITHIN our governments are not “the” government, they are placed into position – elected, hired, contracted, etc – to carry out the duties that are in writing.

      The Preamble to the BIll of Rights makes clear that those who serve within our government has no authority beyond that put into writing, and then only when the circumstances described occur, and again, only can react to those circumstances in the way described in writing.

      Preamble to the Bill of Rights: Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
      THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

      Constitution of the united States of America, Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

      INFRINGE, verb transitive infrinj’. [Latin infringo; in and frango, to break. See Break.]
      1. To break, as contracts; to violate, either positively by contravention, or negatively by non-fulfillment or neglect of performance. A prince or a private person infringes an agreement or covenant by neglecting to perform its conditions, as well as by doing what is stipulated not to be done.
      2. To break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey; as, to infringe a law.
      3. To destroy or hinder; as, to infringe efficacy. [Little used.]

      For example, let’s discuss the 4th Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

      The 4th Amendment tells us everything we need to know, that the people’s right against unreasonable searches and seizures SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED by those who serve within our governments.

      The 4th Amendment says that ONLY REASONABLE searches and seizures are allowed to be used against the American people, plus it defines what “reasonable searches” are:
      1. With a WARRANT;
      2. Based upon PROBABLE CAUSE;
      3. Subject to DUE PROCESS REVIEW (Oath or Affirmation);
      4. Particularly describing the PLACE to be search, AND
      5. Particularly describing the PERSONS or THINGS to be seized.

      All 5 of the list above MUST be present as indicated by the word “AND” for a search to be LAWFUL and CONSTITUTIONAL here in the USA, instead of an act of *Terrorism by those serving within our government. Any other type of search by those who serve within our governments becomes an act against the American people, action against our LAWFUL government, Oath breaking, etc maybe including **Treason.

      *28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

      **Treason – Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
      The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.”

      Three key elements are necessary for an offense to constitute treason:
      — an obligation of allegiance to the legal order (governmental position/required Oath),
      — intent to go against the legal order (going against the supreme LAW of this land (US Constitution) and the highest LAW of the state (state Constitution), and then
      — action that violates that obligation.

    2. I do applaud the thousands of Oregon gun owners who rallied for their gun rights; however it was generally a waste of time and effort (imo).

      Who was at the state capitol that day? Probably it was mostly janitors, overtime workers and security guards.

      People… If you want to make a difference, then do the rally when the Elected Officials are Actually There!

      Yes, I know many, if not all of the people who attended the OR rally actually have jobs, and raise families, thus making it Very Difficult to be there on a workday, however doing this on the weekend is just spitting into the wind.

      Had you all done it when officials were actually there, you could have gone to their offices in person and expressed your concerns. IF you could have talked to Any of them that is. Imagine a sit in outside the various anti-gun offices… That would have made far more of an impact on them. I mean there were thousands of you. Divide that number by the number of elected officials. That could have been 20, 30 maybe 50 people outside all their office’s at once. It is harder to ignore people that way!

      That is how you get them to hear you!!!!

      This is the same issue we will have here in WA State on the 27th of next month. The people you need to talk to will likely not be there on a Sat, thus all you will accomplish (if you are lucky) is to get maybe 45 sec on the local or one of the big 3 state news stations, maybe. Maybe a note in the Seattle times.

      Please don’t get me wrong… It is Great that people are standing up for not only their gun rights (among others) but also for the rights of the people who disagree with them, and the people who are to come.
      I just wish the pro-gun people were smarter on how they do it.

      Nothing worth doing is ever easy.

    3. Portland, OR here. I am fully aware that the local news is biased, but I never would have believed the TV news report on the rally that I watched would show just how biased!

      Said with much sarcasm, “What an insightful and in-depth report that was.” It lasted only 60 seconds on a dull news day when the same station dedicated 1/3 of a show to this year’s proposed anti-gun legislation.

      The reporter’s opening line was true, it was a pro-gun rally at the Capital. Then, of all things, he spoke for the next 50 seconds in anti-gun cliches. He really poured it on, just one overused phrase after another that showed his lack of understanding. He didn’t interview anyone. He lecture showed a total lack of doing his homework.

      There were a few close-up pictures of a couple of guys standing around while he uttered his ignorance. During one still picture, the one that had someone open-carrying, he was describing the fear everyone has of guns. ( I swear he was breathless, almost orgasmic.)

      His closing shot was of the empty quad behind him. As if to prove that no one showed up. He never mentioned the 3,000 to 5,000 who had been there all afternoon. For me, I think that visual was impressive – that many people; protesters with signs, families picnicking, etc., and there, behind him, was not one scrap of litter.

      Sigh. In a weak defense of the reporter, he was after all reporting to his base.

      1. Here on the east coast the news is 90% negative to 10% positive on weapons. The anti-American presstitutes keep pounding their anti-gun (just for one child) propaganda. Looking at Europe with the influx of the BARBARIANS the CHILDREN there are being SACRIFICED. I am not talking about the abortion of children in or just out of a women womb. I am talking about children aged 2 years and up.
        The Second Amendment is the RESTATEMENT or AFFIRMATION of LEGAL LAW ABIDING American CITIZENS’ RIGHT of DEFENSE against TYRANNY.

      2. @Smitty, Re:The MSM….I just saw an article the other day about the Fake News Netwoorks are losing viewership by the Titanic Boatloads. So, soon they can be ranting and raving and waving their arms about to nobody but themselves. After the Mueller report came out, exposing the Nothing-Burger of the “Trump Collusion with Russia”, well, it sort of snapped a lot of people out of the hypnotic alpha state that watching TV puts you in, and they tuned out. How totally disappointed they were, to realize that the MSM was only brainwashing them, with lies. There was supposedly a report of Rachel Maddow actually crying real tears on TV, something Robbi Parker and other Sandy Hook parents only wish they could do, because she lost over half of her viewers in one day. I predict that someday in the future there will be a documentary about “the time the rich Treasonous oligarchs attempted to buy the destruction of the Second Ammendment”, and footage like you describe will be memorialized in it. Footage from their military tribunals will also be in it, as they plead for their life on the way to the gallows.

    4. The Antis have exceeded their limits and are crossing the line. They are not getting our goat, they are calling our Gaul.

    5. The problem with Oregon and Washington is that mass of conservative voters on the inland side of the mountains has enough power to defeat the bills, but those voters simply don’t vote.

    6. My 95 year old Dad served in the South pacific during World War II. He spent his life working hard. ” Was” a Democrat, I said “was”, and a union man. Within the first year of Obama’s Presidential term we both agreed that Obama and Hillary were out to ruin the USA. My Dad has seen a lot of presidents and politicians come and go. When he turned 90 years old – he said, Ya know, I’ve come to believe the Democrats have been brain washing us Americans telling us they are for the working man. Their actions have shown me the opposite. Most of them have their own agenda and their agenda is not in the interests of the working man. As for myself I am a Decorated Disabled Vietnam Veteran – A Multiple Gun Owner and Support our Bill of Rights especially the Second Amendment. The Dems are not bright enough to think ahead. Just think if for some reason guns and ammo got banned – That would put our economy into a tailspin with thousands upon thousands of lost jobs and businesses closing.

    7. I’m a middle age white man, and I’ve never seen such in my life against our God given right’s to keep and bear arms. Growing up in the Southeast United States our guns, hunting is/was a way of life as the history for my family to survive during the great depression. I can’t believe Our own government is going after our 2nd amendment rights. If we don’t continue to fight, what does our children & grandchildren have instore for them once we’re gone. I’ll fight, sign, petition and whatever else it takes to protect our 2nd amendment rights not only for today but the future of our nation and especially for my grandchildren rights and American’s rights.

    8. people can call me a conspiracy believer cause of all these mass shootings, specially NZ and Las Vegas and most others, seem more likely somehow the worldwide one world government who ever…Zionists, EU/UN ARE CAUSING THESE horrible events TO DISARM ALL THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD, Heck THEY ALREADY HAVE MOST NATIONS. It is strange that these same folks support sending a barbaric race and or religion to invade all nations while the shout save the children, then they OK laws to kill babies with abortions, vaccines learning disorder drugs and mess up the minds of grade school kids gender choices and drag queens. call me crazy?

    9. I was there. It was a great day! Oregon State Police estimates were 4,200. For the most part, the organizers asked to keep the event apolitical, and focus on the 2nd amendment and not give the media any ammo to use against us.

      I think it sent a big message, and got people motivated and take notice.

    10. The GOP should be pushing expansion of the electoral college to the state level. Large cities within each state would no longer dictate elections and ballot measures as they do now. The libtards would never again win an election ANYWHERE in the US. EVER. Even in California and New York. Imagine how great our Country would be again. BS like gun control bills would never see the light of day.

      1. Gdubb, you have it exactly right. It’s urban vs. rural with the liberals, for the most part, living in big cities while the majority of rural and small town folks are conservative and have the largest portions of state populations.

    11. Political Criminals could care less about Constitutional rights. They have written off one of the greatest documents ever created. These Oath breaking elected servants are only concerned with one thing. Implementing a Regime of Unlimited Power in their pursuit to destroy America, and our way of life as we know it. No other conclusion exists….

    12. VOTE THEM OUT ! The lazy and gullible who always rely on someone elses money and muscles to support them, vote these above the law socialist assholes into office. The Dems/libs count on the easy brainwashing of these fools for votes, they throw out some bread crumbs (FREE RIDE money/goods) and the flock gathers… The law abiding citizens of AMERICA are tired on these “birds” shitting on them ! With the number of people that showed up at the rally, a new game season may rapidly be approaching for this socialist crumb fowl, and there will be no daily limit.

    13. As with anything else, you can only push someone or a group so far before they strike back. Liberals never learn that lesson, but we keep teaching!

    14. Th Left is the minority. They are snaking legislation in. If it were not for their subversive modus operandi they would not pass one single law in this nation. It’s time to stop coddling the Left, it’s time to shut the “ban everything” logic and restore freedom in the USA!

    15. Is not just gun control,the demorats want to control our lives,that’s what this about,vote those rats out the next election!!

    16. I find it humorous that a group of pansies afraid of their own shadow believes they can tell a large percentage of armed citizens what to do. “Lay down your arms,” they champion. I say, “come and take them.” The more they alienate citizens from abiding by their law, the less respect their “laws” seem to garner. Make the most law abiding portion of the citizenry criminals, and only God knows what’s in store for the rest. If they are hunting for a war, they just might get one, which might be the very reason why they want to disarm you in the first place. Standfast.

      1. I think it was Lenin or Stalin said infamously that power comes out of the barrel of a gun. He meant to have all the guns in HIS corner, thus absolute power over his subjects/slaves, for that is what they were.

        General Thomas Gage thought HE had enough power in the barrels of HIS guns to suppress his putative slaves, the Colonials over which the Kid King had assigned him control. Trouble was, and both Gage and his King knew it, is that those Colonials had guns, as they needed them to survive in the rough and tumble of the New World. So the Kid King got silly one day, after he’d already taken down the honest judges and governors and representatives in the Colonies, replacing them with his minions. Yes, that Kid King decided he’s fix the problem by “adjusting” the balance of power. He told Gage to disarm the Colonials. Few realise this, but Lexington/Concord was the FOURTH “Powder Raid” Gage had initiated. In the first, he got the powder and shot, brought them to a fort for “safe storage”. So the locals, after laying kinda quiet for a time, realised that Fort (William and Mary if memory serves) was only guarded by a small handful of “old guys”. So they staged a re-raid, drove off the “old guys” without harming any of them, and recovered their property. Two more such raids netted zero arms as well. Lexington/Concord were carefully planned, scouted ahead of time, and a massive force of 800 soldiers went out to take up the arms of those COlonials. By the end of that day Gage’s 800 men, and anohter 1200 backups who joined them later in the day, had been utterly routed, chased all the way back to Boston, a third of his officers out of action and a huge percentage of his Regulars also out of action. Not only had nis intended confiscation of their arms been foiled, he had gotten the business end of those same arms, and had paid dearly. Fourteen thousand Colonial Militia had mustered out against him, all of them now traitors to their former king…. and a war was on that, in the end, sent all the king’s soldiers back home to England in defeat. They tried again in 1812, and were repulsed again.

        If these pantywaist two bit politicians are naif enough to believe that spirit has vanished from the land between the Rio Grande and the 49th North Parallel, and between those two oceans, well it would appear they will have to learn the hard way it is not. They fail to calculate the lasting effect of one point three guns for every resident of the United States, and that a large percentage of the owners of those guns know at least somewhat what they are about. The Brits, Aussies, Kiwis, may have no issue with “Mr. and Mrs. England/Australia/New Zealand, turn them all in”, but Mr. and Mrs America certainly do. Even the kinyun finally figured out “now is not the time” to effectively disarm Mr. and Mrs. America. Gotta give him a touch of credit for that bit of reality check. I don’t know how Bloomburg thinks he will do any better. He thinks his money will carry the day. T

    17. Intelligent conversation goes a lot farther than rhetorical BS towards solutions. Making yourself sound like a crackpot just shows those who fear guns (and their owners) they are right to feel that fear.

      All the world can call you a fool but, only you can open your mouth and prove it true. <— something to keep in mind.

    18. Hi Gas Block,
      I’ll be in Washington also for that 4/27 rally we should hookup.
      The Patriot Picket

    19. I donate to the SAF and GOA and NOT THE NRA. The NRA is a large part of the problem. We will be in Olympia on 4/27.

      1. The NRA is the gorilla in the room gun rights organization no matter what you claim. You never see the anti-gun left mention the others for a reason.

    20. People who vote for the Demonrat Party are voting for the enemy, and are giving them aid & comfort. They should be treated as part of the enemy and all be dealt with as you would an enemy on the battlefield.

      1. @Free Ride…How about after we stake them out on an ant hill for a week and slit their eye lids so they have to watch the sun all day ? Old ancestors ways were quit convincing !

          1. it’s the most insulting description i can attach to the constitution-assaulters because they will do anything. but i will be using a replacement that might be more acceptable. thnx 4 input.

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